Avita Health System Nurses Recognized With DAISY Award

  • 5/16/2019 10:54:51 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

BUCYRUS / GALION / ONTARIO - Three Nurses from Avita Health Systems have been recognized for thier work. 

The three registered nurses, Emily McKeever (Galion Hospital), Shelley Vaughn (Bucyrus Hospital), and Katie Vanetta (Ontario Hospital) have received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. 

The award is part of The DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize nurses for the care they provide patients and families every day. 

Avita Health Systems had the following to say about the three nurses who were recognized:

Emily McKeever, DNP works in the obstetrics unit at Galion Hospital. She was nominated for her quick actions in helping save a newborn baby’s life. Said the nominator: “She noticed very quickly that our baby boy was struggling and immediately found the problem- an umbilical cord prolapse. Her quick actions and courage savedour baby’s life. She rolled with me into the OR for an emergency c-section. As I held her arm, I knew she was our saving grace that day.”

Shelley Vaughn, RN serves patients in the Emergency Department at Bucyrus Hospital. She was nominated for the consistent and extraordinary care that she gives each patient. The nominator noted that Ms. Vaughn “listened and didn’t judge me when I told her about my substance abuse problems. She didn’t treat me any different and was just as nice and friendly as when I walked in. That meant a lot. She cared for me like any other patient, and even went above what I expected.”

Katie Vanetta, RN takes care of patients in the Intensive Care Unit at Ontario Hospital. She was nominated for the care she gave during the final hours of a patient’s life. According to the nominator: “We had no idea what we were in for that night. I cannot describe the comfort I had knowing that Katie was there. She made sure we had warm blankets and pillows and everything we needed for the unexpected evening. Her expertise at her profession, her kind, loving heart, and her overall presence was such a blessing. I knew she was placed there that evening to not only take care of dad, but to take care of me.”

McKeever, Vaughn, and Vanetta each received a certificate, a DAISY Award Pin, and a sculpture called "A Healer's Touch" at an awards ceremony.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, establised in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. 

The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families. 

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